Playing the Bridge

What a good day it was yesterday ‘Playing the Bridge’ for a cool collaboration which transforms Scale Lane Bridge into an interactive musical instrument as part of Hull 2017 City of Culture. Playing the Bridge is an artistic commission and performance devised by bridge architect Jonathan McDowell and composer Nye Parry who are both Gamelan players … Continue reading Playing the Bridge

Intimate Classics in the City #2

Last night's concert - Flute Fantasia - was the second Intimate Classics in the City concert at St Mary’s Church, Lowgate  organised by cellist Thomas Bertolotti, whose vision is to make high quality classical music more accessible, bringing international artists into the city and showcasing new young musicians. Ivan Alekhin & Kate Bateman - from Russia and America - … Continue reading Intimate Classics in the City #2

Intimate Classics in the City #1

What a marvellous night out we had last night at Thomas Bertolotti's first Intimate Classics in the City concert for Hull City of Culture 2017.  A most exceptional young cellist, Thomas has organised a series of concerts at St Mary's Church, Lowgate, Hull with the vision of making high quality classical music more accessible, bring international artists into … Continue reading Intimate Classics in the City #1

Fly Into My Vapour Arms

Kerrin Tatman and Freya Bryson's concert for Amy Johnson was magnificent. Their ethereal and expressive songs and instrumentals ingeniously dramatised their stories using cello, piano, voice, violin and accordion. Kerrin's striking cello and piano pieces were perfectly complimented by Freya's theatrical voice, reminiscent of Bjork and Elizabeth Fraser. As the evening sunlight illuminated the resplendent stained glass in … Continue reading Fly Into My Vapour Arms

Gamelan Musical Journey

Last night was the first performance of an embryonic new Hull Gamelan group. We have been practising tunes - especially written by Alec Roth for the Gamelan - to be performed for Laurence Rugg's Musical Journey, part of this summer's Amy Johnson Festival. At the end of another glorious sunny day, Laurence took us on an … Continue reading Gamelan Musical Journey

Gamelan in Pink and Green

I have been lucky enough to be playing the York Gamelan, Gamelan Sekar Petak (white rose, in honour of York's white flower symbol) with a lovely group of people, some really experienced players. We are practicing for the annual concert in York which I'm so looking forward to. Recently I had a chance to return to … Continue reading Gamelan in Pink and Green